View the action we are taking in 2022 and beyond to address issues impacting the community as a result of the opioid crisis below.
Overview of Our Action Plan and Timeline
Below you will find a high level overview of the milestones and action for this effort. The action and milestones outlined in the timeline have been informed by the Colorado Opioids Settlement Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU).
View a more detailed version of these milestones and action for this effort by clicking the button below.
Progress of Our Work So Far
(last updated 7.22.22)
The structure for the regional council has been confirmed and voting members and seats are in the process of being filled.
- Initial voting members of the council met on June 29, 2022 and made official determinations on the structure for voting members and alternates.
- Check out who is involved by clicking the button below
- Potential Advisory Committee Members (including community members with lived experience) have been identified and are in the process of being confirmed
- City leaders in Adams County met on July 20 for A Conversation on City Engagement in the Adams County Opioid Response Effort and determined:
- The criteria and process for how the open voting and alternate city seats on the Adams County Regional Opioid Council will be filled now and moving forward
- The process they will follow to ensure that voting members are representing the interests of all cities across the region
What Can The Funds Be Used For?
In order to have the greatest possible impact, Attorney General Phil Weiser has drafted an Opioid Crisis Response Plan which outlines guiding principles for the use of opioid funds in the state. These guidelines have been gathered from “feedback and ongoing public discussion with communities around Colorado” and have been carefully crafted to ensure that funds are distributed equitably and have an immediate and sustained impact across the state.
The response plan discusses, in depth, and has prioritized using the settlement funds along three principal lines:
- Ensuring there are sufficient evidence-based strategies to expand access to treatment and recovery services for those affected by an OUD and co-occurring SUDs or mental health conditions
- Supporting robust prevention and education efforts to protect future generations from falling victim to OUD and co-occurring SUDs
- Providing effective oversight of those who prescribe, dispense, distribute, and administer opioids.
The potential uses of these funds which fall more broadly into six distinct categories:
- Prevention & Education
- Criminal Justice
- Harm Reduction
- Opioid Abatement in Rural Colorado
Please see the response plan, linked above, for in-depth detail around how these funds might be used in both cities and rural communities.
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|Jody Nowicki, RMP Senior Director of Stakeholder Impact, serves as the Project Manager for this effort. Contact Jody at JodyNowicki@RMPBackbone.org with additional questions or to learn more.|